Jan. 21st, 2010 02:02 am
sinclair_furie: (mac <3 pc)
I got into Berkeley for grad school! \o/!


Nov. 14th, 2008 03:59 pm
sinclair_furie: (liberatrian kittens)
I checked my mail today! (my irl mail)
Guess what I got while I was in England?

EEEEE a real letter from Steffi. It has ILLUSTRATIONS and everything and it's written on lovely paper and and it's ever so pretty and ALL MINE

[ profile] steffi_sy 

Only now I really want hot chocolate.
sinclair_furie: (liberatrian kittens)
Apparently, I think monetary policy is super exciting. I even went to Macroeconomics lecture for the second time in my life. It was pretty cool.

Is this normal? Possibly I'm in the wrong field. :/

Somewhat but not really related- you know the tax system is too complicated when politicians AND lawyers can't do it correctly. PALIN TAX FAIL.
sinclair_furie: (good omens)
This reminds me of my Bible class two terms ago. Only my class came with an awesome professor and not as much snark.

You should still read it, though. And if you're at MIT, you should take The Bible. It is most excellent.
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So, this post is going to consist of an awesome thing my math lecturer said today. There are two versions of the introduction- one for people who have knowledge of Linear Algebra, and one for those who don't. (Incidentally, this is the lecturer that claims he was "was almost as adorable [at the age of three] as I am now, hard as that may be to believe.")

Math Heavy Intro:

So we're learning about infinite dimensional vector spaces in linear algebra (as opposed to finite dimension vector spaces like lines and planes through the origin), and one example that came up in class was the vector space of all real functions defined on x=0 to x=1 such that f(0)=f(1)=0. We defined f(x).g(x) as the integral of f(x)g(x) over this interval, and then started talking about how the dot product is only zero if f(x) is zero, but then came up with a counterexample of f(x)=0 except for at a single point, where it was non-zero. At this point we decided to exclude functions with point discontinuities.

De-Mathed Intro:

We're doing some math-y stuff in Linear Algebra. We defined some cool properties for equations that also exist for matrices, and were happy when they worked, but then found weird counter examples. They made us sad.

The Steven Johnson Explanation of this sad fact:
So this is the problem with infinite-dimensional vector spaces. They work fine as long as you're reasonable and have well behaved functions, but you can always construct perverse counterexamples for which they don't work.  These never come up in real life, but this is what mathematicians like to do, come up with these weird contrived examples.

Well, in this class we're not going to be perverse. We're going to follow the Google model: Don't be evil.
He is the greatest thing EVER.

Also, you should look at the links. They are filled with silly pictures of him.
sinclair_furie: (Default)
The second time law enforcement in Boston has thought that LED's are *actually a bomb*.
Oh Star.
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Check us out, we're so badass. Seriously. MIT rituals: endangering helpful citizens since 1861.
sinclair_furie: (good omens)
On MIT's "Tell us about something you do for the pleasure of it" essay topic:

Fahad: I'm not sure what I should talk about. Weightlifting?
Sharmin: Do you have anything interesting to say about weightlifting?
Fahad: Not really. [pause] I could talk about street-boarding.
Sharmin: You could.
Fahad: [goes on computer]
Sharmin: [checks email]
Fahad: I could write about how I make Rubik's Cubes and give them to orphans.
Sharmin: You do???
Fahad: No.
sinclair_furie: (liberatrian kittens)
My mother bought some huge book from published by Harvard Press about the history of artistic theories or something today. Fahad complained that it was expensive. The following conversation ensued:

Sharmin: Why did you buy that book in particular?
Mom: My thesis adviser told me to get it. I need it for research.
Sharmin: It should be in the library.
Fahad: If you went to Yale, you would find ancient manuscripts in the library.
Sharmin: [pause followed hysterical laughter]
Fahad: I took a virtual tour of Yale today.

I think Fahad still hasn't gotten over the fact that he isn't applying to Dartmouth.
sinclair_furie: (Default)
So Fahad is going to apply to colleges next year (woo woo) and he was making his list. Along the way, he came across this page.
I should probably be more worried that my brother might apply to Darthmouth (New Hampshire!) solely based on the fact that its motto is "A voice crying in the wilderness."
Oh well.
sinclair_furie: (liberatrian kittens)
GAHH PACKING IS SO DUSTY. Also, I really don't want to leave Cambridge. Weak.

From Taboo yesterday:

Adam Groce: Uh, the fourth dimension.
Linda/Michelle: ...Time.
Adam: Ok, now when you give some to all your friends.
Michelle: Timeshare!
Linda: That was special.
Me: [helpless laugher]

Another amazing one was Cormac with the clue "somnambulism" for the word sleepwalk. Or describing kick boxing as a pugilist oriental sport.

The answer to the subject line, btw, is "fortune cookie."
sinclair_furie: (good omens)
Everybody should come to this. It should be hilarious and also simultaneously very intelligent. Also, if you sit next to me, we can giggle about Matt Wansley's speaking style together.
(seriously. come. debate for the win)
sinclair_furie: (Cedric on Crack)
Class in two days! Ah!
Um, the SuperBowl! They are watching it! Only, Kathy is asleep, Jose is fixing his bike and I'm eating grapes. Grapes, I tell you, they are the very grapes of WRATH.
Oh, I read Equus,by Peter Shaffer, which is rather amusing. I think it's meant to be watched- it would probably be pretty powerful. However, Harry Potter is in it and also, he will be naked.
Um, also read Freakonomics, which is awesome, and on Goldstein's recommendation am following it up with The Armchair Economist, which is also interesting though slightly more technical.
Oh, and I read You Are Not a Stranger Here by Adam Haslett, which was a very good albeit ridiculously depressing set of short stories on the recommendation of [ profile] trinityofone. Leaves you feeling kind of empty afterwards, but totally worth it.
And since I seem to be doing a general A&E review, I have watched The Departed (most aptly titled movie EVER) and The Queen, both of which I enjoyed quite a lot. I also watched Little Miss Sunshine, which I didn't like because it was like this huge indie movie gimmick written specifically for its target audience. But lots of people like it, so I suppose you have to judge for yourself.
sinclair_furie: (libs)
So, I'm not quite sure why I didn't feel like updating when I was in Manila, but I didn't. Alas.
Now I'm back at MIT, it is COLD (like a cold cold thing), I'm still in love with Neko Case and my shoulders hurt.
They really do. It is very painful.
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So, my new scientific calculator is the most gratuitous thing ever. I love it already.
Also, hurray for not failing Chem because I can't use TI scientific calculators!

Edit: In other geek news, I just had a math lecture about Green's Theorem for flux. Two things: (1) Curl and divergence make so much more sense when you think of them as del cross F and del dot F, and (2) Maxwell's equations MAKE INFINITELY MORE SENSE in terms of curl and divergence. Seriously. It's kind of blowing my mind how my physics and math class have suddenly decided to converge and thus result in Maxwell's equations ACTUALLY MAKING SENSE.
Erm, for those of you who understood like, none of that, wait till you take Multivariable Calc and E&M, and then you will see what I mean and it will BLOW YOU AWAY.
Edit, again: Dude, my brother has a Facebook. <3
sinclair_furie: (Ten and Rose)
Yesterday morning, Ira had a brief existential crisis and decided he was a sports bra. Hilarity ensued.
The scary thing is that it relapsed, and he announced to the world, "Look, I'm a sports bra!"
I have lots of work, and I'm avoiding it yay.
Also, I miss my brother, SADFACE SADFACE.

School Talk

Oct. 4th, 2006 02:50 pm
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I hate scientific calculators. Die, 5.112, die! It's a good thing that exam was easy because I spent probably about half of it trying to figure out WHY you put the negative sign AFTER a number to indicate it is less than zero.
Also, I'm positive my English teacher here actually reads my papers and has things to say, which is just so ridiculously mindblowing.
sinclair_furie: (wanton)
So I just got back from my poetry class, which is just ridiculously awesome.
Honestly. I think I was like, shaking at the end because there's only so much beautiful poetry my brain can take. Also, I've realised that I'm the most ridiculous kind of nerd ever because I keep wishing for photographic memory so that I can memorise poetry and good literature and be able to quote it ALL THE TIME.
Um, here, why don't I give you a selection...
So we just did the two Valedictions Forbidding Mourning by Adrienne Rich and also John Donne. The Rich poem is amazing but for full effect you should read both because of allusion etc. But. OMG. To quote Rich:
I want you to see this before I leave:
the experience of repetition as death
the failure of criticism to locate the pain
the poster in the bus that said:
my bleeding is under control

A red plant in a cemetary of plastic wreaths.
And just like, wow. Also, I've discovered John Donne's Elegy 19, which is quite possibly the sexiest poem ever. Well, it's not that sexy, but it would be a really good poem to quote while in such a situation. It's one of those poems you can love in bits and pieces.
License my roving hands, and let them go
Before, behind, between, above, below.
O my America! my new-found-land,
My kingdom, safeliest when with one man manned,
My mine of precious stones, my empery,
How blest am I in this discovering thee!
To enter in these bonds is to be free;
Then where my hand is set, my seal shall be.
Good fun, right?
Also, it is freezing here. LIKE ASS COLD OMG.
To conclude, college is relatively awesome (so much better than HS OMG), I need to learn to write poetry so that I can do the world justice, physics is hard and IB Physics is the most useless class you will ever take and finally I should go study for my math test.
sinclair_furie: (Default)
For all you non MIT peeps...
Behold, evidence, IN PICTURE FORM, that it is the most awesome ever.
Seriously, a kilogram of sodium in the Charles River.
sinclair_furie: (Default)
I finally listened to "I may just have to murder James Blunt" by Mitch Benn, which is too funny. Neil Gaiman is a fan, and here, this upload link should work. :)

By the way, I'm in Washington DC on a small break from Orientation, MIT is cool and International Students Orienation was rather fun and soon I shall be back in Cambridge. I've made a significant dent in the photography requests, so I shall soon post that, as well. :)


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